This is an anthology of short stories selected from writers of the past one hundred years (the Nobel Prize was first awarded in 1901) who received the Nobel Prize for Literature. The themes are as varied as the recipients of the award and cover a vast spectrum of emotion, ideals, moods, settings, characterization. Included are stories by Kipling, Yeats, Anatole France, Shaw, Thomas Mann, Sinclair Lewis, Pirandello, Par Lagerkvist, Albert Camus, Boris Pasternak, Francois Mauriac, Faulkner, Selma Lagerlof -- the first woman to win the prize, Knut Hamsun, Ivan Bunin, Roger Martin Du Gard, Herman Hesse. Each story is preceded by a biographical sketch of the author and the editors provide an introduction in which they trace the history of the Nobel Prize. As diverse an offering as could be imagined.